The Tigers speak, 10/26
- Tuberville said Clinton Durst, the punter, now is kicking field goals. As you know, top kicker Wes Byrum has been off this season. Tuberville seemed willing to use Durst if needed, but he noted that Byrum was good in practice today. Byrum usually is good in practice. The trick is transferring that effectiveness into game situations.
- They were in full pads today, a break from Sunday protocol, and did some legitimate hitting. Tuberville said they'll take Monday off as usual and resume Tuesday morning.
- He said Ben Tate is "80 percent" with a hamstring strain.
- He said Mario Fannin is fine.
- He said Jerraud Powers (hamstring) and Neiko Thorpe (ankle) attended practice, but did not participate.
- He said Byron Isom missed the West Virginia game because of a concussion. Tuberville added that Big Snacks Berry, Isom's replacement, played "decent."
PAUL RHOADS SPEAKS
- On Powers: "He was playing on one leg during the second half. Right now, I'd say he's day-to-day. I would expect him to play (at Ole Miss.)"
- D'Antoine Hood is playing at Powers' spot since Thorpe is out.
- What Hood needs to improve on: "A multitude of things."
- What messed up Auburn's defense so badly last week: "Their speed. You have to bring your feet and hips to attack them, not hands."
- Worried: "We had a lull in the Southern Mississippi game. A lack of confidence wasn't the reason for it. We played pretty darn good defense throughout the season. That past couple of games, we just haven't handled adversity. It's one of the things we're stressing right now."